Mobile search: which pattern should you choose?
Briefly

In the article by Suzanne Scacca for Smashing Magazine (2019), various entry point options for search are discussed. The choice of the entry point and its location depends on the level of emphasis required in the search. Suzanne notes that the search can be positioned at the top and bottom of the screen, but it can also be located within the screen. The three most common options are a search bar, an icon in bottom navigation, and an icon in top navigation.
The choice of the entry point and its location depends on the level of emphasis required in the search.
The first option is a search bar, which is preferable when the main focus needs to be on the search functionality. This option is suitable for applications where the search is a key function or the primary way of interacting with content. Examples of apps that use a search bar include Google Maps, Airbnb, and DoorDash.
This option is preferable when the main focus has to be on the search functionality.
The second option is to place the search icon in the bottom navigation. This provides access to the search function from any screen of the application and is suitable for applications where the search plays an important role in overall navigation. Examples of apps that use the search icon in the bottom navigation include Instagram, Uber Eats, and Apple TV.
Placing the search icon in the Tab bar (Human Interface) or Navigation bar (Material guidelines) provides access to the search function from any screen of the application.
Read at Medium
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